July 25–August 23, 2014

Sila: The Breath of the World

World Premiere

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 6:00


Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 6:00

Pre-concert discussion+

Pre-concert discussion with John Luther Adams and John Schaefer at 4:00 in the Bruno Walter Auditorium, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (111 Amsterdam Ave., between 64th and 65th Streets)​​


Hearst Plaza

John Luther Adams: Sila: The Breath of the World (world premiere)

John Luther Adams

In a co-presentation with Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the 2014 summer festivities begin with the world premiere of American composer John Luther Adams’s Sila: The Breath of the World. In the Inuit tradition, sila is the spirit that animates all things—the wind, the weather, and all forces of nature. In Adams’s piece, composed specifically to be heard out of doors, musicians and listeners alike are encouraged to move about the perfromance space freely.

A note from John Luther Adams

This performance is approximately 60-70 minutes with no intermission.

Sila: The Breath of the World is commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for the Mostly Mozart Festival and Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

  • Doug Perkins, musical director M|M
  • Mark DeChiazza, choreographer M|M
  • Sylvianne Shurman, costume consultant
  • Featuring members of
  • Asphalt Orchestra M|M
  • Cadillac Moon Ensemble M|M
  • Contemporaneous M|M
  • The Crossing M|M
  • eighth blackbird M|M
  • Face the Music M|M
  • Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble M|M
  • Hotel Elefant M|M
  • JACK Quartet M|M
  • TILT Brass M|M

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